Las Vegas Raiders defensive lineman Carl Nassib took a personal day after Raiders head coach Jon Gruden resigned after it was revealed that Gruden sent emails containing homophobic, transphobic, racist and misogynist to colleagues in the National Football League before becoming head coach of the Raiders.
Teams general manager Mike Mayock said the team was behind Nassib, according to NBC Sports.
“[Nassib] asked for a personal day today, ”Mayock said. “He just said he has a lot to deal with, that a lot has happened in the last few days, and of course we support this request.”
Gruden was the head coach when Nassib became the first active NFL player to declare himself gay earlier this year.
The coach handed in his resignation on Monday.
“I have resigned my job as head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders,” Gruden said in a statement. United States today. “I love the Raiders and I don’t want to be a distraction. Thank you to all Raider Nation players, coaches, staff and fans. I’m sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone.
The emails came to light in an NFL investigation of the Washington football team into an unrelated matter. Messages were first reported by The New York Times. They were sent from 2011 to 2018.
In an email, Gruden called NFL commissioner Roger Goodell a “queer” and “ignorant anti-football bitch.” He also called our player Michael Sam “queer”. In another case, Gruden mocked Caitlyn Jenner for her transition.
When Nassib came out, Gruden publicly supported the lineman. “I learned a long time ago what makes a man different, that’s what makes him great,” Gruden said at the time.
Retired NFL player Ryan O’Callaghan, who came out six years after leaving the league, said Avocado, “If anything, the backlash and aftermath that Gruden faced from the emails will make locked players feel even more supported.”